Script Sample

Actors trying out for the part of the Merc named Codd were given the following two pages of the script to use. Note that it’s unknown what version of the script this comes from, and might very well not even appear in the film (and might not have been written by David Twohy). Readers note that the “Big Foe”/GIRL character is most likely that of Kyra, played by Alexa Davolos, the older version of ‘Jack’ (played by Rhiana Griffith) from PITCH BLACK.

CONTINUED:

Just as the inmate blurs into the kennel cage.

Transfer DOORS BANG closed. Locks are thrown. The guards blow sighs, glad it’s done. As they leave…

“Big Foe” leans into the light and tugs on the cage lock. She can’t be much older than 17. The BEASTS CONTINUE TO HOWL all around her.

       GIRL
Can we SHUT THE GODDAMN NOISE?

It works for about two seconds — then the HOWLS INCREASE. Woefully, the girl balls up and covers her ears, rocking child-like. “Big Foe,” indeed.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. PLANET U.V. – DAY

MERC #1 appears through snow squalls. He has his rhino-stopper shotgun at low guard and his senses on high alert.

Even though this is a world of white snow, it’s dim here: A big feeble sun casts only ultra-violet light, making the snow and ice glow unnaturally. Soon Merc #1 spies…

A spill of purple blood.

       MERC #1
(into radio)
Hang on, hang on….

Merc #1 sweeps a “dog nose” — a DNA sniffer — over the blood. The screen shows a schematic of an alien animal: It’s a fanged, bipedal, white-coated horror identified as “Urzo Giganticus.”

       MERC #2 (O.S./RADIO)
Whatcha got? Doc-T?

Following the track, Merc #1 finds his first clean footprint. It’s formidable.

       MERC #1
(under breath)
Christ, all we need….
(into radio)
Hey, you know that big extinct thing? Well, it ain’t. Watch your spine. Between this and our other [problem] —

Something takes him from behind. Something bipedal and white-coated. Some horror.

WHIP PAN TO:

MERC #2 elsewhere. Toggling his radio.

       MERC #2
Say again. Codd, say again.

The only reply is STATIC. A shiver runs through Merc #2. Maybe it’s the cold. Or maybe it’s the thought of what he’s tracking alone now.

EXT. ICEFALL – PLANET U.V. – DAY

Merc #2 reaches an icefall, transparent. He follows the front of the fall until he finds…

A face behind ice.

BOOM-BOOM! Reflexively, Merc #2 blows a jagged hole in the icefall. Did he hit something? No face now. He activates a light and eases into…

INT. ICE LAIR – PLANET U.V. – DAY

Someone’s lair: A pot boils atop a discreet fire. An Urzo Giganticus hangs quartered, feet missing, the carcass quietly dripping blood in a pail. All the touches of home.

Merc #2 keeps his light moving. Now it reveals…

MERC #1, newly gut-shot by him. Someone bound Merc #1 with his own handcuffs.

       MERC #1
(dying)
Behind you….

Merc #2 whips around to see…

Something SLASHING for his head.

Panicking, Merc #2 TRIGGERS HIS RHINO GUN WILDLY as he tumbles back through the icefall, falling on his ass, each DISCHARGE carrying a big recoil, each recoil sending him sliding over slick ground toward…

EXT. PRECIPICE – PLANET U.V. – DAY

A steep fall-off.